The Lutz Mommartz Film Archive is a collection of the film works of German film-maker Lutz Mommartz, considered to be one of the pioneers in the film genre known as the "other cinema". Mommartz was born in Erkelenz in 1934 and spent most of his life in Dusseldorf. He began making movies in 1967 and eventually became Professor of Film at the Kunstakademie Munster. He still lives and works in Germany, dividing his time between Dusseldorf and Berlin.
..... the spectator hears that the course drives on, but it sees that it does not drive anywhere, a usual sight is installed to a magic journey.
(Uwe Nettelbeck Die Zeit 5.1.68)
..... and in "Railroad" (Germany) wich, from inside a train compartment presents a fixed view of a passing, montone landscape, thoughtfully repeated by the filmmaker every half-minute for 16 minutes to the accopaniment of hypnotic train noises. A similar tendency is evident in the price-winning
(Amos Vogel The New York Times 21.1.68)
..... The spectator experiences, while the film unreels, different phases :
1. he is confused and looks for an order;
2. he discovers the two regularly returning interfaces, at which the same pieces of landscape begin;
3. he is satisfied over his discovery and observes the neighbour;
4. ihe diminishes in his rational effort and disapears in the film.
(H.P. Kochentath Film Jan. 68)
..... "railway" of Lutz Mommartz desavouriert with the attitude on the compartment window and the by-pulling landscape, the documentation of time, of temp-oral processes, reveals the time manipulation of the documentary film: Time can be only documented (see Vukotic), by represent in a uncutted way.
(Peter W. Jansen Filmkritik Mai 68)
..... a compartment window and the monotonous flat country shank, taken up by a rigid camera, by-pulling outside, in addition the driving noises of the course, the Sound on the rails, otherwise nothing. But the quarter-hour travel does not end, like it belonged in a station, but, where it began, somewhere between Duisburg and Duesseldorf. That is because of the rails in the film, which can be seeen twice. One is not in a course but in a loop.
(Film Febr. 68)
..... The virtually endless film appears first as a joke, then as an appeal to watch and to the analysis, finally as medium to a Suggestion, which leads to a intoxication.
(Enno Patalas Filmkritik Mai 68)